It’s part Berlin nightclub, part mid-West saloon,but it’s all carnivorous hardware that greets diners at Smokestak in Shoreditch as its giant wood smoker slowly turns in full view of diners. This is a get-there-early joint; since it began as a pop-up by David Carter, people have happily queued for its falling-off-the-bone pork ribs and brisket.
The cocktails are spot on, too — the plum sour is creamy and bourbon rich, a perfect companion to the pig tails and baby artichokes. As the techno kicks in, the main courses turn up. The beef brisket with barbecue is filling enough for a weatherworn lumberjack, deeply smoked with some depth to it. Grilled lettuce — the food trend du jour — is also on the menu, with walnut gremolata and crispy bacon. Save room for the salted caramel ice cream and hazelnut praline.